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    One of the biggest stories from last years Emmys was vote-splitting and how it factored in almost every category. This year, it almost feels like there was a ranked voting system in play for the acting categories because everyone overcame vote splitting to win their awards.

    Sterling K Brown, Reed Morano, Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern, Kate McKinnon, Ann Dowd (this one baffles me), Riz Ahmed, Dave Chapelle, Melissa McCarthy and Gerald McRaney all overcome vote-splitting to win their awards.

    The only show that couldn’t do so was Veep in its categories, but I don’t know how much that’s got to do with vote-splitting now.

    So what gives? What happened to this trend? What changed in one year? And how do we approach this next year? Can Lena finally win next year?

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    ricardo505
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    I wouldn’t say that vote splitting in not a factor anymore. I think that Dowd’s win, which was the only surprise of the night, shows how much The Handmaid’s Tale is loved by the Academy.

    Honestly, this ceremony made the show the biggest threat to GoT next year.

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    Multiple nominees often happened this year for shows that were winning in landslides anyway, like The People v. O.J. Simpson. The Grace and Frankie lead actresses and the supporting actors from Feud, The Night Of and Veep still lost, but I would say that vote-splitting is more of a factor in the more episodic-based categories. Character actor love is also too real, although it did not manifest in as many places as it could have.

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    My theory: Maybe vote-splitting only really takes effect with established shows where voters have had more of a chance to form varied opinions on who they personally like rather than who they’ve been told is best? I mean the only winners who defied vote splitting this year from an established show were the SNL people and that show was clearly having a resurgence year (plus it’s arguable that you don’t even need to watch the show to vote for Baldwin, McCarthy and McKinnon as all the viral clips of them showed their performances without one needing to watch full episodes and maybe be like “oh actually I prefer Vanessa Bayer”?)

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    So what happened to vote-splitting… it was really never a thing?

    It was last year. Scolari won because Morgan/David split the vote, Mendelson won because Dinklage/Harrington split the vote, Smith won because the GOT ladies split the vote, The Night Manager won directing because People Vs OJ split the vote, McKinnon won because Light/Hoffman split the vote.

    So vote-splitting was a pretty big thing last year, and this year it just vanished in all categories.

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    Most of the winners were rather clear-cut. Kidman, McKinnon, Ahmed, and McRaney were all considered frontrunners anyway even with other nominees from their shows.

    As for the others, maybe there were some contextual points that might have overcome the vote-splitting prospect this year. Laura Dern’s a TV vet who was overdue for a win, so that, put together with her performance, probably carried her to victory, Shailene Woodley be damned. Same could have gone for Dowd, who already lost Drama Guest Actress for The Leftovers, which itself was a show that many felt was criminally overlooked.

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    My theory: Maybe vote-splitting only really takes effect with established shows where voters have had more of a chance to form varied opinions on who they personally like rather than who they’ve been told is best? I mean the only winners who defied vote splitting this year from an established show were the SNL people and that show was clearly having a resurgence year (plus it’s arguable that you don’t even need to watch the show to vote for Baldwin, McCarthy and McKinnon as all the viral clips of them showed their performances without one needing to watch full episodes and maybe be like “oh actually I prefer Vanessa Bayer”?)

    Wow, I think you might have solved my problem here. Last year too we saw People vs OJ overcome vote-splitting, fitting your theory. I think this is the difference.

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    So what happened to vote-splitting… it was really never a thing?

    It was last year. Scolari won because Morgan/David split the vote, Mendelson won because Dinklage/Harrington split the vote, Smith won because the GOT ladies split the vote, The Night Manager won directing because People Vs OJ split the vote, McKinnon won because Light/Hoffman split the vote. So vote-splitting was a pretty big thing last year, and this year it just vanished in all categories.

    Scolari was a pretty unique situation.  If Dowd can overcome vote-splitting opposite Newton, maybe Mendelsohn did not need vote-splitting to topple Dinklage/Harington.  Really clinging to Transparent, eh?  Even with all of the SNL political buzz?

    Smith was the most likely beneficiary of vote-splitting in the acting races, but one argument that I posed for her win was that voters kind of forgot about Downton Abbey in the nominating phase because it had gone off the air a while ago and because they had moved on to newer things, then they realized that it was their last opportunity to recognize the show after nominations and given that it won SAG ensemble three times, there were a lot of voters who were feeling nostalgic and all of the love pooled at Smith because she was the only nominee from the show.

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    I think it surely helped Donald Glover win his Directing Emmy. But yes, maybe in clear frontrunner/sweeps years, it will become less relevant.

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    It simply says that shows that overcome vote splitting in many categories are crazy popular with the academy. This means that that Handsmaid’s Tale is a force to be reckoned with.

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    I think Votesplitting is only a problem when there is not a clear winner from the nominees… Like Hahn and Light … some people love both . where as with Dowd and wiley … no one thought wiley was better .

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    I think vote splitting is a different animal in the acting categories vs. the others. In acting, the show and name are usually recognizable. In the others, it’s usually (except when names make it in) just the show that’s recognizable to most of these academy members.

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    It was an overthought trend that too many here and in the press thought was an actual thing.

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